LAFC vs Houston Dynamo Highlights – MLS is Back Tournament
MLS is Back! So is LAFC. Kind of.
LAFC battled their way back to a 3-3 draw Monday night in a game in which the men in black mostly dominated, though you wouldn’t know it if you saw the score at half. The Vela-less LAFC lacked their traditional crisp ball movement and potent finishing around the box, but still managed to overwhelm Houston for most of the night.
LAFC started a bit sloppy and Houston jumped out to an early lead with a cracker from Memo Rodriguez in the 9th minute from just outside the box that snuck inside Vermeer’s near post.
LAFC quickly answered, though, with Bradley Wright-Phillips doing what he does best, crashing the box on a Palacios cross to bury his first goal in Black and Gold.
Despite having the bulk of the possession for the rest of the half, Houston managed to snag two more before the half, a second for Rodriguez in the 30th minute and an unmarked header by Alberth Elis only seconds before the halftime whistle to send LAFC into the break trailing 3-1.
The second half wasn’t really a “different story” so much as LAFC made some tweaks to the lineup that seemed to bring the attack to life.
Rossi and Brian Rodriguez switched sides, and in the 63rd minute Rossi found himself in a Vela-sian situation (just go with it) on the right side, only instead he used his right foot to pile-drive one into the back of the net. Just a few minutes later, Rodriguez showed a touch of the promise people keep citing, coolly slotting home his first LAFC goal to complete the comeback.
LAFC play their crosstown rivals LA Galaxy in the second game of the MLS is Back group stage on Saturday. The Galaxy lost their first match against Portland, meaning a win would put LAFC in a strong position to advance to the knockout rounds.